Troy E. McGill, PT, PhD., SCS, Dip MDT

Troy E. McGill, PT, PhD., SCS, Dip MDT

  • Specialty

    Physical Therapy

  • Location


  • Education

    Ph.D. in Physical Therapy (2017)
    Graduate School of Health Sciences
    Nova Southeastern University
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    Diplomat (Dip MDT) McKenzie Method (2002)
    McKenzie Institute International
    Waikanae, Wellington, New Zealand
    Residency @ St David’s Spine Center in Austin, TX

    Master Physical Therapy (1997)
    The College of Health Profession, Department of Physical Therapy
    Wichita State University
    Wichita, KS
    Thesis: Physical Therapist serving as primary care managers: nutrition knowledge


Troy McGill, PT, Ph.D., is OPA's Director of Therapy Services. Originally from Texas, Troy is happy to call Alaska Home. He is a Board-Certified Physical therapist with a Sports Certification Specialty through the American Physical Therapy Association. Additionally, he has completed a 24-month Spine Residency through the McKenzie Institute, giving him Diplomate status, the highest certification (Dip MDT) in the McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy.® Troy has over 25 years of experience as a physical therapist, leader, teacher, researcher, and mentor. Troy is a retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. He has more than 30 publications focusing primarily on non-operative care of spine pain and PTs serving as primary care providers for patients with musculoskeletal conditions.

Dr. McGill has practiced in locations worldwide, including Afghanistan, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, Nepal, and other international sites supporting medical missions for U.S. nation-building efforts. Troy has two decades' worth of honors, awards, and recognition for his contributions to physical therapy. He was named USAF P.T. of the Year numerous times as a junior and then as a Senior A.F. Officer. He has received several international research awards for contributing to non-operative musculoskeletal care.

At OPA, Troy is working with our spine physicians to establish a spine clinic utilizing the McKenzie Method. The McKenzie Method is an evidence-based method of active patient care and education for back, neck, headaches, and extremity issues. The goal of the McKenzie Method is patient independence once they understand how to self-manage their problem. His clinical focus is spine pain.

Troy and his wife Marci have three boys and two labrador retrievers. He and his family are active in their local church. His family all enjoy any outdoor activity, especially his labs.

  • Additional Education

    2015    Air War College – Professional Military Education (PME) Senior Level Officer – prepared to exercise transformational leadership at all levels, communicating complex ideas both written and oral.

    2007    Air Command and Staff College  (PME) – Maxwell AFB, AL. Mid-level Officer: organization, personal and team leadership curriculum.

    2001    Squadron Officers School (PME)– Maxwell AFB, AL. Masters level leadership and team building curriculum.

    1988    B.S. Biology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

  • PT Awards & Honors
    • 2017   Dennis Hart, PhD, Memorial Award for Research Excellence.
    • 2014   Air Force Medical Service’s Outstanding Achievement in Innovation Award.
    • 2012 – 2015 Federal Physical Therapy Section Air Force Representative
    • 2012    Winner “Readiness Category” 2012 Military Health System/US Department of Health Affairs, Healthcare Innovations Program. #1/168 DoD submissions
    • 2011    Physical Medicine Department: VA South East Region Team-of-the-Year.
    • 2010    John Medeiros Distinguished Authorship Award, Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy.
    • 2009    Pacific Air Force Physical Medicine Team of the Year – Commander
    • 2008    Air Force Field Grade Physical Therapist of the Year
    • 2008    Air Force Space Command Field Grade Physical Therapist of the Year
    • 2006    Air Force Space Command Field Grade Physical Therapist of the Year
    • 2005    Air Force Space Command Company Grade Physical Therapist of the Year
    • 2002    Air Mobility Command Physical Medicine Team of the Year – Flight Commander
    • 2002    Air Mobility Command Company Grade Physical Therapist of the Year
    • 2001    Air Mobility Command Company Grade Physical Therapist of the Year
  • Presentations
    • 2021 Mechanical care forum – Podcast speaker. Direct access for Physical Therapist. Pros/Cons and the state of the profession.
    • 2016 Keynote Speaker- Veterans Day Ceremonies – Freeman HS, WA
    • 2015 Speaker: Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy Management Symposium. Direct Access and the military system; PT’s as the primary care musculoskeletal provider. Randolph AFB, San Antonio, TX.
    • 2014 Speaker Mechanical Care Forum. Management of the complex mechanical spine pain patients. Memphis, TN
    • 2014 Lecturer; US Air Force Advanced Course – Physical Therapy: 10-Day course leading to certification as advanced practice physical therapist. Required for all deployments and credentialing of DoD direct access privileges.
  • Publications

    McGill T, Stern D, Kolber M, McGee J. Cost outcomes of physical therapist providers compared to primary care providers in the treatment of musculoskeletal patients in a military treatment facility: A retrospective Chart Review. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 2021 Vol.19 No.2 ISSN 1540-580X

    Werneke MW PT, MS, Dip MDT, Edmond S PT, DSc, OCS, Young M PT, Cred MDT, Grigsby D PT, Cert MDT, McClenahan B PT, MS, OCS, Dip MDT, FAAOMPT, McGill T PT, PhD, SCS, Dip MDT. Association between changes in function among patients with lumbar impairments classified according to the STarT Back Screening Tool and managed by McKenzie credentialed physiotherapists. Physiother Theory Pract. 2020 May;36(5):589-597. doi: 10.1080/09593985.2018.1490839. Epub 2018 Jul 9. PMID: 29985738.

    Edmond SL, Werneke MW, Young M, Grigsby D, McClenahan B, Harris G, McGill T. Cognitive behavioral interventions, and function and pain outcomes among patients with chronic neck pain managed with the McKenzie approach. Musculoskeletal Care. 2020 Mar;18(1):46-52. doi: 10.1002/msc.1440. Epub 2019 Dec 4. PMID: 31799798.

     Edmond SL, Werneke MW, Young M, Grigsby D, McGill T, McClenahan B. Directional preference, cognitive behavioral interventions, and outcomes among patients with chronic low back pain. Physiother Res Int. 2019 Jul;24(3):e1773. doi: 10.1002/pri.1773. Epub 2019 Apr 4. PMID: 30950187.

    Werneke MW, Edmond S, Young M, Grigsby D, McClenahan B, McGill T. Directional preference and functional outcomes among subjects classified at high psychosocial risk using STarT. Physiother Res Int. 2018 Jul;23(3):e1711. doi: 10.1002/pri.1711. Epub 2018 Mar 14. PMID: 29536595.

    Werneke MW, Edmond S, Deutscher D, Ward J, Grigsby D, Young M, McGill T, McClenahan B, Weinberg J, Davidow AL. Effect of Adding McKenzie Syndrome, Centralization, Directional Preference, and Psychosocial Classification Variables to a Risk-Adjusted Model Predicting Functional Status Outcomes for Patients with Lumbar Impairments. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2016 Sep;46(9):726-41. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2016.6266. Epub 2016 Jul 31. PMID: 27477253.


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